H Moser & Cie - THE PIONEER CENTRE  SECONDS AUTOMATIC FROM H. MOSER & CIE
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H Moser & Cie - THE PIONEER CENTRE  SECONDS AUTOMATIC FROM H. MOSER & CIE

THE PIONEER CENTRE SECONDS AUTOMATIC FROM H. MOSER & CIE

H Moser & Cie
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HIGHLY PRACTICAL, NO COMPROMISE ON STYLE: THE PIONEER CENTRE

The Pioneer is notable for having the most bold and modern design of all H. Moser collections. With references to the industrial world, its pioneering, adventurous spirit shines through. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that H. Moser & Cie. has opted for this family when including a steel model in its regular collection for the first time. Introducing the extremely wearable Pioneer Centre Seconds Automatic model, with a steel case and a new automatic movement: 100% Swiss, 100% Moser. 

 

There can be no doubt that the Pioneer Centre Seconds from H. Moser & Cie. is highly practical. Equipped with an automatic calibre guaranteeing a power reserve of 3 days, it is also water-resistant to 120 metres. Equally well suited to the city and the beach, this model can be worn all weekend, without having to worry about resetting the time on Monday. But at H. Moser & Cie., there is never any compromise when it comes to elegance, which remains the Manufacture's hallmark. Thus, the Pioneer Centre Seconds features a magnificent midnight-blue fumé dial, with reflections dancing in its mysterious depths. The indices, topped with a luminescent dot, are faceted, and the hands are partially skeletonised with Superluminova® tips, staying perfectly in line with their open, streamlined aesthetic. A rubber strap provides the final touch, reinforcing the modern dynamic of this resolutely stylish model. 

At the heart of the Pioneer Centre Seconds Automatic model beats the HMC 200 movement. This is the latest addition to the H. Moser collection of calibres, designed, developed and produced entirely in-house. It is equipped with a regulating organ manufactured by Precision Engineering AG, the sister company of H. Moser & Cie. Decorated with the famous Moser double stripes, the calibre HMC 200 houses a large oscillating weight. It will join the extensive range of movements from H. Moser & Cie., perfectly complementing the current offering.

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – PIONEER CENTRE SECONDS AUTOMATIC 

Reference 3200-1200, steel model, midnight-blue fumé dial, black rubber strap 

 

Case Solid steel
Diameter: 42.8 mm, height without sapphire crystal: 11.3 mm Sapphire crystal
See-through case-back
Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Water-resistant to 120 metres 

Dial Midnight-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Applique indices, with hour markers in Superluminova® Leaf-shaped hands, partially skeletonised Superluminova® luminescent elements on hands 

Movement
HMC 200 automatic calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes, height: 5.5 mm Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
27 jewels
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system Engraved oscillating weight
Power reserve: minimum 3 days
Hacking seconds
Original Straumann Hairspring® with flat overcoil Finished with Moser stripes; diamond polishing 

Functions Hours and minutes Central seconds 

Straps Black rubber
Steel pin buckle, engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. logo

Who's who

H. Moser & Cie is probably the least well-known of the great manufactories – one of the hidden pearls of top watch-making beloved of Laurent Picciotto. How many people know that as early as 1840, H. Moser & Cie had a dominant position on the watch market – in Japan, China, Persia, Turkistan and Russia? And how many know that the manufactory produced no fewer than 70 in-house calibers? Heinrich Moser was not only a watch-maker but above all a visionary and entrepreneur. Like all free thinkers, he was ahead of his time, initially rejected by his home town of Schaffhouse – although paradoxically enough, it was to become a leading watch-making centre with IWC! “Contrary to what you might expect, Mosers are watches that don’t reveal everything at first glance,” emphasises Laurent Picciotto. In the same way, Heinrich Moser’s personality is not easy to delve into. Although he was deeply attached to Schaffhouse, he began his career in Saint-Petersburg. He didn’t set up a manufactory straight away, but as was the custom at that time, founded a trading post for watches produced by him or by other manufacturers. When he decided to develop the use of his own movements, he settled in Locle, rather than Schaffhouse. And his output was aimed not at the European market, but at Nijni Novgorod and Irbit! These two cities hosted the major trade fairs at that time, ensuring rapid commercial development, and leading to him hiring 50 employees. Still going against the flow, at a time when the most famous watchmakers were Swiss and French, Heinrich Moser used German, Russian, Italian and Swedish watchmakers. At the same time, the entrepreneur returned to his home town and began industrialising the region, building things like railways and dams – still in use in 2012! In the end – still in keeping with the somewhat atypical journey of the brand – despite Heinrich Moser having built a great empire with amazing potential for growth, when he died in 1874, his family decided to sell everything. The watchmaking part of the business was disbanded, but Heinrich Moser had nonetheless ensured that the brand name “H. Moser & Cie” remained attached to any watch production based on the fundamentals he had established. And so it was that the brand passed down through the decades (with varying degrees of success) until 2002, when Dr Jürgen Lange filed the original brand name of the founder internationally. It was time for the company Moser Schaffhausen AG to come to life again, reincorporating the Moser line. Today, Heinrich Moser’s great-grandson, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, is honorary chairman. In autumn 2005, at the time of the bicentenary of its founder, Heinrich Moser, the company was making a comeback on the international watchmaking scene. “Today they are subtle, rational pieces,” explains Laurent Picciotto. “We’ve given the brand time to find its feet. The approach is certainly Germanic, but offbeat, with traditional yet uncommon tones and basic functions, concealing high-class workings – large date, retrograde display, 7-day power reserve, and so on. Today’s timepieces really do correspond to precise specifications – a purist’s approach, aimed at strong personalities.”

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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